After a magnificent week in Italy, the Hamelin brothers landed Monday, in Kolomna Russia, for the last international meet before the Olympics.
Two training sessions have passed since their arrival in Kolomna and tomorrow will begin the qualifying rounds of the final World Cup of the season. Although the start of the week in Russia was difficult for Charles, he is ready and confident for this ultimate competition in which he will compete once again, in all distances. "The first day here didn’t go well, the ice was soft, I had a problem with my blades and I felt very tired. Luckily, everything is fine now and I'm ready. My goal is to reach for the podium in the 1500m and keep up the good work on the other distances."
As for François, he gradually rose up the rankings in the 1500m since the beginning of the World Cups – 9th, 5th and 4th – and intends to continue his progression in Kolomna. "My legs are ready and I feel good. My goal is to improve my strategy and avoid tactical errors."
Thursday, the two brothers will fiercely fight against their rivals in order to nicely complete their preparation for Sochi Olympic Games.
Tomorrow will be the 1500m and 500m races.
Visit International Skating Union for schedule and results.